Who would win in an MLB betting battle between Blake’s Tyger and Coleridge’s Mariner? We will get the closest to an answer tonight when Detroit and Seattle close their four-game series.
Time: 10:10 PM
Venue: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
Sportsbook odds for fans who bet on baseball:
Tigers +1½ (-190) 9½ (-110) +110
Mariners -1½ (+165) 9½ (-110) -120
On the mound: Daniel ‘Chuck’ Norris (LHP, 4-4, 4.42 ERA, 69 K) has won his last two starts, posting six quality frames versus Tampa Bay. He went five innings in each of his two appearances versus Seattle last season, both of which were no-decisions. This season, he allowed the Mariners three runs on eight hits and had a season-best-matching eight strikeouts in six innings on June 16h. Norris has 17 Ks in 21 June innings. This will be Norris’s 14th start of the season. His only start at Safeco was on August 9th, when he surrendered a run on seven hits in five innings. He’s 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in four career games versus the M’s, including a home loss in on April 26th.
Miscellanea: Detroit has won the final game of the previous two World Series, including a Norris win in Boston on June 11th. On the other hand, the Tigs are 3-6 on Thursdays, which is to them like Mondays to Garfield.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: The Tigers have lost their last five games and managed to cover in only one of them. They are 0-5 straight up and 1-4 against the spread in their last five meetings with Seattle. The MLB betting total has gone under in two thirds of Detroit’s last 12 games versus the Mariners.
On the mound: Andrew Moore (RHP, 0-0, – ERA, 0 K) will be debuting in the majors in order to sub for Yovani Gallardo. He went 4-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 14 games in Triple A Tacoma and Double A Arkansas. Moore is Seattle’s top pitching prospect and will become the 13th starter for the Mariners this season, as well as the third to make his first MLB start. Additionally, he will be the 30th pitcher and 46th player used by the M’s this season.
At bat: Outfielder Ben Gamel is .420 in June and increased his hit streak to 13 games with a 2-for-4 night Wednesday. Gamel’s .536 June batting average on ground balls is the highest among batters with at least 20 at-bats this month with grounders, while the rest of the league is averaging .253.
Miscellanea: Manager Scott Servais is expected to place Mitch Haniger in the No. 2 spot in the lineup behind shortstop Jean Segura, who came back from the disabled list Wednesday. Gamel, who was leading off and hit second on Wednesday, is likely to move down to the No. 7 spot.
Trends for fans who bet on baseball: Seattle has prevailed in the Tigers’ last five visits. The MLB betting total has gone under in five of the Mariner’s last five home games.